CEWiT Presents Maggie Ricci Outstanding Staff Mentor-Advocate Award

By Ellen Glover

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Maggie Ricci, a principal instructional technologist at UITS’ eLearning and Design Services, recently won the Outstanding Staff Mentor-Advocate Award at the annual CEWiT Summit. This prize is reserved for IU staff members who have been recognized as diligent and supportive mentor or advocate for women in the tech field by their peers.

Ricci was nominated by three different peers who also work at UITS’ eLearning and Design Services. Christy Cavanaugh wrote of Ricci, “I've worked with Maggie on a weekly basis in the same unit for 4 years and known her as a passionate expert who freely shares her expertise. Even given our moderately-paced work environment where we must manage many responsibilities, requests, and expectations, Maggie is always willing to meet and answer questions or offer guidance.”

Natalie Lyon wrote, “have known Maggie Ricci for over two years, since she hired me to join UITS. In this time, Maggie has served as a mentor in every sense of the word. She has paid attention when asking about my professional goals, and not just for the formality of an evaluation. She has insisted on figuring out where I want to be in the long run, and what we can do in the short term that will help me get there and followed through to make those relevant work assignments actually happen.”

Pam Eddy wrote, “I have only been working with Maggie for six months; however, I am amazed at her abilities and at her influence within and beyond our team (eLearning Design and Services). Maggie is the synopses between the IT world and the academic world. And, she moves in both directions. She can interpret faculty technical needs relative to teaching. She sits at the UITS table and helps determine what tools IU should consider buying and what vendor relationships IU should consider entering. She can also explain the value of a tool with faculty and staff. She has IT, Instructional Design and leadership abilities. These combine to make an effective, wonderful and influential woman. “

“I absolutely did not expect to win this award,” said Ricci in a phone interview. “It was such a nice surprise.”

Her mentoring has involved showing others how to ask similar questions. This role has become more important to her over the years. “I’ve always tended to lead by example, but I’ve come to realize that it’s important to do more than lead by example,” said Ricci. “You need to be more explicit.”

“I like figuring stuff out that we don’t already know how to do,” said Ricci. “If we already know how to do it, I don’t want to know about it. I want to figure out the stuff we don’t know about yet.”